Originally written on Indians Baseball Insider  |  Last updated 11/16/14
Not a badly-pitched game A four-run third inning by Scott Kazmir was the lone blemish in eight otherwise decent innings by the Indians pitching staff. Yankees first basemen Mark Teixeira, making his way back from injury, was just 1-for-9 prior to this series with no home runs or RBI’s, but has gone 3-for-6 with two home runs (including a grand slam) and seven RBI’s since the Indians came to town. It was Teixeira who did most of the damage in that third inning against Kazmir with a three-run homer. Even though it looked like Kazmir wouldn’t make it out of the third, he ended up pitching six innings giving up only the four runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out seven. The left hander has had his ups and downs this season as far as the quality of his starts go, but his one consistency has been in strikeouts as he has averaged nine strikeouts per nine innings. He’s only averaged five innings per start, but pitched seven innings in his last start and six in Tuesday’s game....
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